The religion has no boundry. When I visited the Thai Reclining Buddha in Penang recently, there are group of students probably on their holiday or study tour about religion in Malaysia. Although they are Muslim, but I saw they are keen into taking pictures around the temple and to know more about the religion.
The temple is located opposite the Burmese Standing Buddha Temple along Lorong Burma.
The Thai Buddha Temple has a giant reclining Buddha in the main hall. From the distance in between each pillars of the hall, this reclining Buddha's length more than 90 ft.
There are 4 Golden Nagas and 2 giant door gods in front of the temple to guard the temple.
In the temple compound, there are other temples and pogodas.
Wat Chaiya Mangalaram was built in 1845 on a 5 acres land donated by Queen Victoria to the Thai Communities in Penang and is located at the heart of Georgetown along Burma Lane (Lorong Burma) in Pulau Tikus.
Thailand and Burma has strong trade relationship in Penang, they could have used Penang as a middle point to do business with other parts of south east asia. The inflence of Thai and Burmese culture and religion is very strong in Penang.
Although not the oldest ( Burmese Temple, 1803 ), but Wat Chaiyamangkalaram is certainly the largest Buddhist temple in Penang. Its interiors are adorned with a great number of Buddha
statues with the most prominent ones include the 33 meters (108ft) reclining Buddha. The colossal size reclining Buddha statue is reputed to be among the longest in the world.
The Door Guard Gods and the Nagas, is very colourful sticked with shining mirrors in small pieces, majority of its are of golden colour.
Wat Chayamangkalaram a Thai Temple which was built in 1845 on the land granded by Queen Victoria. The Temple has one of the largest Reclining Buddha in the world. The Statue is Gold plated and measuring 33 meters in length.
Not advisable to engage the monks in this temple. They are very demanding and materialistic. I thought monks are not even allowed to accept red packets but despite that they demanded more via their assistants. That's breaking one of their precepts. So be careful when you go to this temple. Never engage the monks.
A fascinating temple well worth a visit, as usual the detail in the architecture is great , the size of the statue is unbelievable. These places are all free entry but do rely on donations. Here you can buy books for whatever you like to donate.
This colourful Thai temple is situated across the road from the Burmese temple. It's open daily and the admission is free.
The temple grounds contain many shrines along with brightly coloured statues of Devas and other mythical creatures. Inside the main pagoda you'll find a gold-plated statue of the Reclining Buddha. Behind the statue are many urns containing the ashes of devotees.
This is another impressive Temple that we visited which had GOLD, GOLD, GOLD!
and............... THE 14th LARGEST RECLINING BUDDHA IN THE WORLD!
This Thai temple was built in 1845 by a Buddhist monk, who came from Thailand.
As you enter, probably the 1st thing you notice is the two guards with two mythical dragon-headed serpents at their feet. Heading inside, and here is the 33metre gold-plated reclining Buddha. With a peaceful, smiling face, this Buddha lies on his right side with his head resting in the palm of his right hand.
The reclining Buddha represents the historical Buddha at his death. It is said that the Buddha knew death was approaching, and asked his disciples to prepare a couch for him in a grove!
Go for a walk behind the Buddha, as here are a lot of niches that contain the ashes of the devotees.
You are allowed to take photo's
Please take off your shoes before entering the Temple.
OPEN...6.00am till 5.30pm
Wat Chaiyamangkalaran temple has a unique blend of Chinese, Thai and Burmese architectural designs and was built in the 19th century and declared open in 1956 by Thai King Bhumipol Ayudayej. Inside the temple lies the 3rd largest Reclining Buddha in the world measuring 33 meters. Behind the gold-foil wrapped Buddha stand 12 idols, each representing an animal in the Chinese zodiac.
Within the Ubosot which means "ordination hall" in the Thai language lies the reclining Buddha, a comparable image to the one in Wat Pho, Bangkok and no less ornate. Behind the reclining Buddha are numerous funerary niches occupied by ashes of the departed and anteriorly as seen in the photo are individual altars to other smaller images of the Buddha at various poses.
Wat Chiya Mangalaram is a Thai Buddhist temple and was built in 1845, making it one of the oldest temple in Penang... The main attraction of the wat is the reclining Buddha statue which was built in 1957... It stretches 33m long and 10m high making it the largest in Malaysia and the third largest in the world... The temple entrance is guarded by a few colourful statutes of mythical creatures, including two seven-headed serpents while two beautiful dragons “guarded” the two side entrances... Within the walls of the wat are drawings of the life story of the Buddha designed and sculptured by Thai skill articians... There are about 30,000 Buddha images inside the wat and also iconography of ancient Buddha and Bodhisatta images of various types from many Buddhist countries including Cambodia, China, Japan, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam...
This Buddhist temple of Thai architecture houses a magnificent gold-plated reclining Buddha that is said to be the third largest in the world.
Behind the temple is a small Thai village and a Thai cemetery. The local Thais celebrate the traditional Buddhist festivals -- the Sonkran and the Loy Krathong -- at Wat Chayamangkalaram. The niches behind the statue hold urns containing the ashes of devotees.
Admission to the temple is free.